Knitting Group

Back in November, three women who work in my building asked me if would teach them how to knit. Now, I don’t consider myself an expert knitter at all and I was a little intimidated by the request. But I sucked it up and said sure, meanwhile crossing my fingers I wouldn’t be teaching them bad technique or the wrong way of doing something. After all, I am the one who discovered, after 3 years of knitting, that I was purling the wrong way. No harm I guess, since I could never tell in my finished objects.

Anyway, we all gathered at my one of their houses and while I mustered as much patience as I could, I started teaching them how to knit. It was slow going and I realized what an idiot I must have seemed like to Kim when she first taught me to knit. Surprisingly they all had a harder time casting on than learning the knit stitch. No, we did not even get to the purl stitch that day. But after about an hour they were all working on their first knitted swatches. Thanks to my Stitch ‘n Bitch book I was able to give them some helpful hints and things to say to themselves while knitting that helped the process make a little more sense to them.

M, co-worker who set this “class” up has taken to knitting like no other. I’m so proud of her. I was lucky enough to draw her name for our Secret Santa gift exchange at work and knew instantly she needed yarn, and stitch markers, and patterns and of course the Stitch ‘n Bitch book. It’s so her personality. Over the Christmas break she taught herself to purl and started a very pretty basket weave scarf. And now she’s determined to do a hat. Knitting in the round! She’s very ambitious, but I know she’ll pick it up in no time. I’m sure I’ll be teaching her sock within the next few months 🙂

The four of us decided we should start a lunch time knitting group. All of us work in different departments so we had to actually schedule a time for lunch a few weeks out. We’ve met two weeks in a row now. This last Thursday M and I taught the other two ladies in our group how to purl. It was excitement all around! And other knitters in our building are slowly coming out of the woodwork. Wanting to join us. Those who aren’t knitters just stop by to check out what we are doing. I’ve even had a few more requests to learn. If I was smart I’d charge for lessons, but I love passing on the knowledge so much that I just can’t bring myself to do that – yet. At least not to people I know and work with. I’d just love to expand our little lunchtime group.

Now we meet every Thursday in whatever conference room or big office we can find that isn’t in use. They are all shopping at Michael’s and JoAnn’s for their yarn and I’ve decided one of these lunch time get togethers will be to head out to an actual yarn shop. I’ll make sure it’s right around pay day. 🙂


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  1. * Kim says:

    Aw, Jenn, you weren’t an idiot to me! 🙂 I’m so happy that you have a group going and have been teaching others “the way.” 😉 Knit on.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 1 month ago
  2. Hi there

    Just to let you know I had a go at the Chemo Hat you posted last year. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I’ve put a link to your blog as well.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 1 month ago

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